Michael Ananian

“Portraits From Life”

Michael Ananian, featured   in the September, 2009, “American Artist Magazine,” will be showing in the McCarthy Gallery, Holekamp Hall, Washington and Lee University from Sept.    This exhibition presents Ananian’s ongoing series of portraits painted from life in oil.


Painters describe Ananian’s work as ‘gritty realist,’ ‘expressive realist,’ and ‘painterly realist.’

Ananian believes all the descriptions are apt because his influences and concern cover both extremes of the figurative tradition.  His work shows his love of bold, brusque and vigorous paint handling and execution.  He had an abiding commitment to depict the sensations that produce light and color and to creating visual form and structure.


The portraits in this show are an excellent example of his work from life which represents his abiding love of form, light, and color, and the human head, without the narrative connotations.   



image: “self-portrait revisited,” oil, 24x24


Ananian resides in Greensboro, North Carolina where he is an Associate Professor of Painting at the University of North Carolina.  He has an extensive exhibition record throughout the United State and especially in Virginia, where his most recent exhibition was in 2007 at the Eleanor Wilson Museum, as Hollins University’s Niederer Artist-in-Residence.


For more explanations and examples of Ananian’s paintings and drawings, please visit his website at: michaelananian.com .


The paintings from life exhibition at Washington and Lee University at the McCarthy Gallery opens August 30, 2009 and runs to December 11, 2009.  The gallery hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.  The Washington and Lee parking garage is available to the public visiting the gallery.